April 18, 2023

How To Choose The Right Bike Fit Goal

Are you looking to dial in the perfect riding position but wondering which bike fit goal suits you best? MyVeloFit offers three different “fit goals” tailored to suit your cycling aspirations: Comfort Performance and Comfort Performance Whether you’re a casual weekend rider, a long distance bikepacker or a competitive racer, MyVeloFit has you covered with options that cater to various riding styles, bike types, and personal preferences. In this blog post, we will discuss what a fit goal is, the differences between the three fit goals we offer, and ultimately help you determine the most appropriate fit for your needs. Let’s dive in! What is a “Fit Goal”? Along with your mobility and bike type, a fit goal provides critical context to help you come away from your bike fit with the most suitable riding position. As there isn’t one […]
February 14, 2023

Common Causes And Solutions To Cycling-related Back Pain

Back pain while cycling is a frustrating issue experienced by many cyclists. There can be many causes and the symptoms can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain preventing the cyclist from riding. Back pain related to cycling can also occur either during the ride or take some time to present after the ride. Back pain can refer to pain anywhere from the upper back to the tailbone. In this post we’ll focus on the mid-back downward, while technically “back pain” consists of pain above the mid-back, the causes of upper back pain more commonly relate to the same causes as neck pain and therefore will be covered in our neck and shoulder pain post. The good news is most types of cycling related back pain can be prevented and some small adjustments can go a long way to improving […]
February 14, 2023

Common Causes And Solutions To Cycling-related Knee Pain

Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise which is usually easy on the joints. Knee injuries however, can be common in cycling and is more so among those who are clipped in. While being clipped in isn’t necessarily a reason in itself for knee pain, it does increase the chances of poor biomechanical alignment. It is important to immediately assess any knee pain you experience while riding as what starts as a small niggle can quickly grow into something more serious that keeps you off your bike for an extended period of time. In this post we’ll look at some of the most common causes of knee pain. Because there are many components of the knee and many causes of potential pain in each area this post will be longer than others in our common causes series. We […]
February 8, 2023

Finding The Perfect Riding Position: Balancing Goals In Bike Fit

It would be convenient if there was a single perfect riding position, or even a perfect position for one rider, or even a perfect position for one discipline for one rider, unfortunately this just isn’t the case. Bike fitting is a balancing act which considers all the elements of riding a bike to try and find the position that works best for a rider, at a point in time, based on their needs and goals. The part of bike fitting that tends to get the most attention is the biomechanic element; tuning a position to help a rider’s body move well and injury free. However, bike fit can actually be much bigger than this and tackle a rider’s whole relationship with the bike. Five elements of bike fit To help explore this in more detail we’ve broken it down into […]
January 19, 2023

Top 4 Bike Fit Red Flags

As bike fitters we see many issues simply caused by easy errors in setup. Sometimes just looking at the bike, even without the rider, we can tell exactly what the issues are. Often, these adjustments are made with the best intentions, or to try and solve a problem, but end up causing more harm than good. In this post we’ll look at four of the most common easy to spot red flags we encounter. Each of these cases can signal more than one potential problem but we’ll do our best to identify the main causes and how it can relate to your fit. In this post we’re going to focus on bikes with drop bars (e.g. road, gravel, etc), but stay tuned as we’ll tackle other bike types in the future. The four red flags we’re going to examine are: […]
January 4, 2023

How To Set Up A Road Bike For Triathlon

One of the most common questions we get asked is “how do I set up my road bike for triathlons?” This great question stems from a large number of people who want to be more competitive in Triathlon but also don’t want to make the multi-thousand dollar investment in a specific Triathlon bike. We have a blog post here on how and why you would convert your road bike to a Triathlon bike. In this post we’ll talk about using MyVeloFit to dial in your position for triathlons on your road bike. To fit your road bike for triathlon you’ll need the following: Aerobars and a saddle you are comfortable on in the aero position From experience we recommend aerobars from Profile Design and ISM saddles as good starting points but any aerobar that has a wide range of adjustability and saddle […]
January 3, 2023

Converting A Road Bike To A Tri Bike. Should You Do It?

If you’re a triathlete who wants to take your performance to the next level without making the large investment in a new Triathlon bike, you may be wondering how to tailor your road bike for triathlon. This can be a great way to optimize your bike for the specific demands of triathlon racing and gain a competitive edge. However, there are some important factors to consider when making this conversion, including the implications on bike fit. OVERVIEW How are Road and Triathlon Bikes Different Adapting a road bike Adding Aero Bars Adjusting Saddle Position Balancing Road and Triathlon Positions First and foremost, it’s important to understand that a road bike and a triathlon bike are not the same thing. Road bikes are designed to be versatile and suitable for a wide range of terrains and riding conditions, including navigating tight […]
December 16, 2022

Bike Fitting: What To Adjust First?

One of the biggest challenges to working on your riding position is knowing where to start. While fitting your bike can seem quite simple on the surface, all of the adjustments you make have the potential to interact with each other. Knowing which order to tackle each adjustment will help you avoid chasing your tail and getting stuck in a never ending cycle of changes that seemingly just cancel each other out. For those of you looking to get straight to the goods, here is the order we recommend when tackling your fit: Cleat Position Saddle Position Grip Position Go Ride Follow Up Read on if you’re interested in a more detailed breakdown of what’s included in each step and why. #1 Feet Before Fit We always recommend starting a bike fit with your feet. So much so that we’ve […]
November 30, 2022

Top 5 Bike Fit Myths

  The world of bike fitting is constantly changing and has many voices sometimes pulling the conversation in different directions. Though there is an increasing amount of great information available about fitting your bike, there are still some bike fit myths that seem to persist amongst many cyclists. We’re here to set the record straight on a few of the most common myths we hear floating around. #1 – A Straight Leg is Best The myth that your saddle height should be set such that your leg (knee) should be (nearly) straight at the bottom of your pedal stroke is likely the most damaging myth for a cyclist’s riding position. So much so that we dedicated an entire article to this myth alone and the challenges it causes. The excessive saddle heights that result from this myth are likely the #1 cause […]

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